Quilts

My Monsters

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Sewing my Ti blog tours are back after taking a break to birth a precious baby boy! When Ti of Simply by Ti announced she was back with a Monster tour, I knew immediately what I would sew. It just so happened that I purchased the Quilt as you go monster  class by Wendy Gratz from Craftsy several months ago during a sale. It is perfect for a monster blog tour, don’t you think? Especially since our youngest is 17 and not into Halloween costumes anymore.

Wendy Gratz is an excellent and fun teacher with a great personality! I am thoroughly enjoying the two classes I have of hers. You can be as creative as you like making monsters since there is no right or wrong way. My plan is to make a baby sized quilt with 9 monsters. The others will have to wait for some other time.

 

Quilting the sashing and the back of a row where you can see the quilting. The seams are pressed open because of the thickness of the batting.

This quilt took a lot longer than I thought with all the decisions – colors, monster details, fabric choices, and making sure it all looked balanced. I bought fat quarters similar to this from JoAnn’s The background and sashing were found in my stash with the sashing also from JoAnn’s. It was a similar fabric roll to this one. My little quilt didn’t get the backing or binding yet because I have to leave town; but at least the top is done for the Monster blog tour!

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I’m excited about my little monsters and don’t know if I will be able to part with this quilt. Good thing it wasn’t sewn for anyone in particular!

Here are some close-ups:

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Do you recognize this guy? He’s Gumby’s twin. 😄

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Be sure to check out the other posts with the links below. You just might see some inspiration!
Monday, October 1st- Sewing By Ti (intro)

2nd- Tales from a Southern Mom

3rd- Shalini’s Sewing Space

4th- Tenille’s Thread

5th- Sewing By Ti

Monday, October 8th- Back 40 Life

9th- Family of Makers

10th- Made for Little Gents

11th- Big Fly Notions

Sunday, October 14th- The Fairy Dust Bin

17th- Sewing With D

18th- 52 Week Sewing Challenge

19th- Auschick Sews

20th- Sew Cute Couture by Kathy

Sunday, October 21st- The Bear and the Pear Atelier

22nd- Seams Like Style

23rd- Seams Sew Lo

24th- My Heart Will Sew On

25th- JOT Designs USA

26th- My Sewing Roots

27th- Manning the Machine

Monday, October 29th- Frulle Mieke

30th- Sew Like a Sloth

31st- Sewing By Ti

 

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Gifts · Quilts

Gifts to Sew Blog Tour

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Happy Birthday Ti! 🎂 I hope you are enjoying your birthday week!

I love to sew and I love to sew things to gift to others! Usually it’s for family, but sometimes it’s for friends or charity. When Ti of Simply by Ti chose this theme for the blog tour this month, I was excited! It’s an easy one to do! I started this quilt in February when an event showed up in my Facebook feed from the 52 Week Sewing Challenge. The idea to finish it for Ti’s Gifts to Sew Birthday blog tour popped into my head right away! The original event went on for a month or so, but we had visiting family in town. I didn’t sew for most of March and didn’t get my quilt done. I’d seen this World map pattern several years ago and thought my son would love it if I made him one some day. So when the event popped up, I was excited to get started with others sewing along. I decided to make a United States quilt instead, using the pattern from Flamingo Toes. My parents will be having their 55th Anniversary this summer and I thought it would be a nice gift. Sometimes they drive from Michigan to Arizona; so how about a car lap quilt for that long long trip!

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Stitching the states

The states printed out bold but with lots of thinner squiggly lines in some areas, most being on the east coast. I ended up Googling line drawings of the individual states to try to figure out where to trace and cut. I didn’t follow the directions from Flamingo Toes blog but did it my own way. After my United States were taped together, I traced them onto Heat n Bond lite, leaving a small space between each state. I cut the Heat n Bond apart, leaving my paper pattern of the whole US intact. After choosing fabric for each state, I ironed on the Heat n Bond and cut them on the traced state lines. Then it was just laying them all out in the correct order and pressing them on. My iron and I had to do this big job on our tile floor!

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Next was zigzagging the states together which I did with variegated thread. Batting and backing were put on with basting spray. That stuff works sooo good! This is the brand I have.

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The fabrics are from my stash, collected over several years. Some are fat quarters similar to this from Joann’s.  The background is a new piece because I didn’t have the right size at home. The back is pieced so I could use stash.

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I used blue thread to match the background to sew around each state, quilting it to the backing. Here are a couple of close ups…

 

The blue background represents water in this quilt. I took the liberty of putting “water” around the whole US, leaving off Canada and Mexico 😬 to make my quilt easier. Nothing against either country, I promise! I just wanted an excuse to use my wave scallop stitch! I like the look of the waves though! What do you think?

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P.S. Remember, it’s a secret! Don’t tell my parents!

Here is the tour schedule where you just might find the perfect gift idea for your family and friends…

Sunday, April 22nd: Sewing By Ti (intro), With Love In Every Stitch, Sewing With D

23rd: Stitched By Jennie, Tales from a Southern Mom, Aurora Design Fabrics

24th: Sewjourns, Big Fly Notions, Sewing Blue, JOT Designs USA

25th: Sewing By Ti, Auschick Sews, Hazelnut Handmade

26th: Sewing With D, EYMM, Middle River Studio, Aurora Design Fabrics

27th: Our Play Palace, My Sewing Roots, Make it Sew with the Bear and Pea, Seams Sew Lo

Quilts · Uncategorized

WOW! I’m a Newbie!

Can you believe it; I actually have a blog! It’s taken me several years to gather up the courage and to come up with a name. We threw around ideas at home, some of them pretty crazy and elaborate. It ended up being quite simple since I wanted something easy to remember.

I’m not a very techie girl, so it will probably take me a while to figure out all the buttons and links and what to do with it all. For the featured picture, I chose a snippet of a quilt I made for my son several years ago. I thought it would be good to explain what it is. This was my first non baby sized quilt, pieced and bound by me and quilted on a long arm machine by my friend Sue. My son has long since outgrown the twin sized bed this fit on so it’s been folded up into a closet for a while now. I just love the colors in it. Most of the fabrics used are from Joann.com. They were collected over a period of time so I’m pretty sure you won’t find any of these there nowdscf5438.jpg.DSCF5441DSCF5437